Fundamentals of Illustrator I: The First Steps to Becoming a Pro Illustrator

Brad Woodard, Designer + Illustrator

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7 Videos (1h 6m)
    • Class Trailer

      3:09
    • Introduction: Create a custom workspace

      8:05
    • Document Setup

      10:58
    • Navigation

      8:16
    • Workspaces

      10:52
    • Basic Tools

      10:29
    • Saving

      13:55

About This Class

Adobe Illustrator is an incredible design application, one that has limitless potential for translating your creativity into beautiful graphic formats. The sheer amount of tools and effects can be daunting, however, leaving beginners intimidated and confused without a starting point. This class will not only provide a foundation for working with Illustrator, it will get you started on the path to harnessing the application's power!

This class, which is the first of a four part series on the Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator, will provide in-depth insrtuction and understanding into the tools in Illustrator.

Be sure to enroll in my complete Fundamentals of Illustrator Series: Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator II: Paths, Shapes & Type, Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator III: Working with Color, Fills & Strokes, and Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator IV: Appearance, Layers, Images & Symbols.

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I wasn't sure whether to take this class because I already use Illustrator in my graphic design work, I'm just not confident in it at all, especially since I learned on a much (MUCH) older version. I tend to avoid it and use InDesign instead whenever possible, since I'm much more proficient in that program. But I want to add Illustrator to my skill set, and though I was tempted to take a more advanced class, I decided to just start from the beginning and make sure that I wasn't missing anything, even though I might already know some of the content covered. Turns out that was a great decision. Naturally I already knew some of what was covered in this class, but I still learned a lot that I just had never picked up on for whatever reason, or that is new since I learned Illustrator, and that has made the program much easier and more comfortable for me to use. I really enjoyed making the illustration that I created for this class (and I don't usually enjoy using Illustrator at all!) and I'm excited to keep going. I think this was just what I needed to rekindle my interest in Illustrator and give me a good foundation so I can continue to build my illustration skills. Meanwhile I am using Illustrator to work on a logo for my job, and I noticed that I'm more efficient and experiencing less frustration than I used to. So whether you're a beginner or you just need to gain more confidence and comfort using Illustrator, I recommend this class.
Great for beginniners trying to self teach!
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Brad Woodard

Designer + Illustrator

I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Austin, Texas with my wife and two little kids. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all types of work, includin...

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